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Date: 23 Jan 2003 03:11:52 GMT
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Bob <> wrote: > On 22 Jan 2003 21:53:46 GMT, wrote: >>> Studless snow tires do nothing for ice >>> traction, so that doesn't count. >> >>My experience with ice-racing using non-studded tires seems to indicate >>that your statement is incorrect. > Well, ice racing is not street driving. It doesn't really matter > what your (street) tire tread looks like on ice, they all slip. Bob, ice doesn't know if it's on a frozen lake, or a road. A good winter tire does much better than "nothing for ice traction". > Snow tires are designed for loose snow traction, not ice traction. Perhaps there's a distinction that you're making between "snow tires" and "winter tires"? >>Well, good luck with that. Please don't run into me the 3% of the time >>that your tires are unsuitable for the conditions. Thanks. > Don't worry, I won't. But you do have to worry about the 99.9% of > the drivers out there that don't know how to drive in the snow, > snow tires or not. Yeah, and those are the ones who I drive to the scenes of their crashes, to go play "let's cut the car out from around yet another driver". Plenty of people around who forget how to drive in the snow; on this we at least seem to agree.

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